By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are negotiating a potential deal involving catcher J.T. Realmuto. Mayo’s sources have speculated that an offer would be packaged around catcher Tucker Barnhart, prospect infielder Jonathan India, along with one or more lesser prospects.
Realmuto’s name has come up in trade rumors for quite some time now. It seems like every deal there is a new rumor involving his name.
The Reds are not willing to deal infielder prospect Nick Senzel, outfielder Taylor Trammell, and right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene in a potential deal for Realmuto. However, India was the team’s fifth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
India’s future with the team is blocked by Eugenio Suarez at third base. In addition, it is blocked by Scooter Gennett and Senzel at second base.
Besides the Reds, the Marlins are reportedly negotiating with the San Diego Padres about a potential Realmuto deal. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have also reportedly shown interest in a deal.
The 27-year-old Del City, Oklahoma native has spent the last five seasons with the Marlins. He is one of their best talents left after shipping off many of their best players in recent years.
During the 2018 season, he had a .277 batting average with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs in 125 games. He also had 30 doubles and three triples on 132 hits with 74 runs.
The 21 home runs were the most ever in a single-season of his career. His previous best was 17 home runs during the 2017 season.